The Colorado Department of Transportation is pleased to announce that the reconstruction of Interstate 76 at US Highway 85 is now complete. The most noticeable changes are along westbound I-76 where the project improved the curve approaching the southbound US 85 merge area and added an additional lane from southbound US 85 to 96th Avenue.
Before the project, westbound I-76 had a high accident history including several truck roll-over incidents. The superelevation of the curve, which is the raised or ‘banked’ section, was redesigned to current standards. Traffic operations have also improved at the southbound US 85 on-ramp. There are now two lanes entering I-76 instead of one.
For the full press release, visit www.codot.gov/news/2017-news/december/interchange-work-complete-at-i-76-and-us-85-in-henderson.
The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor partner, Villalobos Concrete Inc. began construction in October 2016. For an entire year, both directions of I-76 were down a lane in each direction while crews completely reconstructed the highway from 96th Avenue through the US 85 interchange. Major project features included improving the westbound I-76 curve at US 85, constructing a new auxiliary lane from southbound US 85 to 96th Avenue and full replacement of deteriorated concrete pavement. The project also improved roadway drainage, lighting and water quality measures. This $10 million improvement project was partially funded by FASTER Safety funds.
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